The basis of WHOLE is the collection and exchange of good practices among the partners. However, another important component is the involvement of local networks and stakeholders at different levels, for example, older people and their families, formal and informal carers, care providing organisations, professionals in the field of social care, community and social welfare representatives, and researchers. The involvement of these groups will ensure the appropriateness of the outputs produced, support quality during development and testing, and maintenance of innovative practices.
Based on this approach the project started with a “stakeholder needs analysis” (Output 1- Needs for implementing healthy choices for older adults and their carers: the stakeholder view), which included focus groups, case studies, and a survey of both carers and care recipients. The aim was to obtain input from our target groups about their needs, barriers, and attitudes regarding the adoption of official health behaviour recommendations as well as an insight into their experiences and ideas about healthy living. This activity finished in October 2016 and was a great success. You can download the final Needs Analysis report here.
The two central intellectual outputs for this project are Output 2 - Healthy choices in geriatric home care and tailored learning opportunities and Output 3 - Development of the platform. They will produce the physical activity and healthy nutrition modules and the e-learning platform that will house them. One essential aspect of these outputs is the possibility for users to tailor their individual plan for physical activity and nutrition at home using the platform, which will allow for flexibility and the possibility to meet individualised needs.
The results of both Output 2 and Output 3 will be tested during Output 4 - Pilot and validation study: feasibility, acceptance, adherence. This is a two-staged pilot study that will collect feedback from our target groups about the physical activity and nutrition modules and the e-learning platform in relation to how successful and effective they are as health promotion tools within the daily care giving routine. This feedback will give the consortium the opportunity to improve Outputs 2 and 3 before finalising them.
A market and business study (Output 5 - Market and business study: reach, finance model) will also be conducted to investigate the possibilities of how to finance the long term sustainability of the physical activity and nutrition modules and the e-learning platform.
Finally, all partners will participate in a training programme in Bulgaria in May 2017 to facilitate the exchange of best practice among the consortium and educate themselves about how to use and promote the e-learning platform and its content to carers and care recipients as trainers in their own countries. After this programme, the partners will be equipped to train others and will facilitate the pilot study while also disseminating the availability of the project. At the end of the project, the finalised outputs will be officially launched in each partner country with a multiplier event that will be attended by relevant stakeholders to promote widespread adoption and use of the outputs.